On Friday, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signed an executive order directing state agencies to develop and implement a climate adaptation plan for the state.
“Combatting and preparing for the impacts of climate change will require a holistic approach across state and local government and in collaboration with stakeholders from all corners of the Commonwealth,” Baker said.
The governor’s order directs the offices of Energy and Environmental Affairs and Public Safety and Security to coordinate with Massachusetts cities and towns to create a statewide, comprehensive framework for reducing emissions; protecting residents, towns, and businesses; and adapting to the effects of climate change.
With this order, Baker hopes to help build “a more resilient commonwealth.”
Earlier this summer, Baker signed into law an energy bill requiring the Commonwealth to to solicit long-term contracts lasting 15 or 20 years to procure 1,600 megawatts of offshore wind power and another 1,200 megawatts of hydropower or other renewable resources, such as land-based wind or solar.